Vet­tel gets No. 3 at Monaco

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - JEROME PUGMIRE

MONACO — Se­bas­tian Vet­tel beat his Fer­rari team­mate Kimi Raikko­nen to win the Monaco Grand Prix on Sun­day and com­fort­ably ex­tend his lead at the top of the stand­ings to 25 points.

It was the four-time F1 cham­pion’s third win of the sea­son and 45th of his ca­reer, as well as Fer­rari’s first in Monaco since Michael Schu­macher — Vet­tel’s child­hood idol — in 2001.

“Un­be­liev­able. It was a very tense race,” Vet­tel said. “It’s very, very spe­cial to win here. We’re go­ing to have a very fun night.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ric­cia­rdo fin­ished third, ahead of Mercedes driver Valt­teri Bot­tas.

It was a bad week­end for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamil­ton — who is sec­ond be­hind Vet­tel in the stand­ings — fin­ish­ing sev­enth after start­ing from 13th fol­low­ing a poor qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion.

Vet­tel thanked his team in Ital­ian after cross­ing the fin­ish line with sun­shine gleam­ing off the famed red of Fer­rari. As the Ger­man na­tional an­them played, Vet­tel stood atop the podium with his eyes closed as he sang along. “Monaco’s al­ways some­thing spe­cial, a lot of at­ten­tion, a lot of peo­ple, a lot of sup­port,” he said. “With the sea­son we’ve had, the Fer­rari fans and the Fer­rari flags are in­creas­ing.”

Mon­treal’s Lance Stroll con­tin­ued to strug­gle in his in­au­gu­ral F1 sea­son. The Wil­liams driver re­tired for the fourth time in six races.

MARK THOMP­SON, GETTY IMAGES

Se­bas­tian Vet­tel of Ger­many zooms by the yachts at the Grand Prix of Monaco on Sun­day.

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